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Airway Transplant Aided by Stem Cells a Medical First
Date:11/18/2008

m cells as an immune modulator, almost to convert the organ from what it was to what you want it to be."

Dr. Ronald Kuppersmith, clinical assistant professor of surgery with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, called the new procedure "exciting" because the "patient didn't have to take immunosuppressant medication."

This approach could eventually have a role in patients who are dealing with weakened immune systems, such as lung cancer patients, he said.

"They could remove the lung, reconstruct it and not have to put them [patients] on something that would lower the immune system," Kuppersmith said.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more on stem cells.



SOURCES: Paul Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., distinguished professor of neurosurgery and director, University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair, Tampa; Len Horovitz, M.D., pulmonary specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Ronald Kuppersmith, M.D., clinical assistant professor of surgery, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and otolaryngologist, Texas ENT and Allergy, College Station; Nov. 19, 2008, The Lancet, online


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